Five generations come together as Dorris "Doll" Glen turns 100
FIVE generations of the same family came together to make one Bristol great-great grandmother's 100th birthday special.
Dorris Glen, who is affectionately known as Doll, was born on February 28, 1913.
She grew up in Grafton Street, St Philip's Marsh, and entered service at Bristol General Hospital at the age of 14 where she was employed as a cleaner and also waited on consultants and doctors at meal times.
She married Albert Glen in 1931, who went on to serve in the Army during the Second World War, spending most of that time abroad in the Middle East.
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Mr Glen worked as a labourer for Bristol City Council for most of his working life but finished work as a porter at the BRI and the pair subsequently raised four daughters and one son.
Unfortunately Mr Glen died of a heart attack aged 60 in 1972 and although Mrs Glen lost her son Michael to illness two years ago her four daughters – Betty, Joan, Edna and Joy – are still regular visitors to her flat in Dangerfield Avenue, Highridge.
Mrs Glen still lives on her own and is able to cook and do her own washing and ironing.
Her great-granddaughter Sarah Shepherd, 33, who lives in Allison Avenue, Brislington, told The Post: "Nan loves watching television especially the soaps and is a dab hand at operating her video recorder.
"She likes to keep her brain active and has a great sense of humour – I always see her laughing.
"Back in the day my brother Paul and I used to sleep over from time to time and we would play cards for hours which was one of her favourite things to do for many years until later years due to eye problems.
"She loves to look after us all when we visit her with cakes, biscuits and drinks and just loves having all her family around her.
"Her extensive family consists of four daughters, one son, 13 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren."
The large family gathered yesterday to celebrate Mrs Glen's 100th birthday.
It included five generations of the family – Mrs Glen, her daughter Edna Mills, 76; her grandson Graham Mills, 56; her great-granddaughter Sarah Shepherd, 33; and her great-great grandchildren Kieran Shepherd, five, and Chloe Shepherd, three.
Dorris Glen, 100, with daughter Edna Mills, 76; grandson Graham Mills, 56; great-granddaughter Sarah Shepherd, 33; and her great great grandson and daughter Kieran, 5, and Chloe, 3 Shepherd DB20130228D-001_C